For the next 2 classes at Beginning Sewing Class we worked on making tote bags from upcycled jeans.
I was thrilled the girls came with 2 XL pairs of used jeans as instructed on their take-home papers. They (& their parents) were good shoppers! (or closet divers!)
Most of class 2 was spent cutting. Too much cutting if you asked them! We took apart the pants, easily….. NOT by ripping out stitches! Then I had made heavy patterns from poster board for them to trace around. Those pieces needed cut out.
We sewed a tiny bit with seaming the pieces for the side & bottom and straps. All the girls were extra tired and slow-going this day so we didn’t get as far as I hoped.
At the end of the time, they piled their pieces neatly and 2 asked to take all their scraps home with them. I’m sure the moms were thrilled! 🙂 They had cut out a front, a back, enough pieces to make 2 straps, and enough pieces to make a long piece for the sides and bottom. The girls were excited about their embroidered pockets I had made and their pocket was placed on top to label their pile.
The next class had them excited to finish! Maybe it was the sunny day that helped too! I told them that we had a lot to accomplish if they wanted to finish their bags today. They worked hard and finished!
There was much more sewing to do this day and of course, all 3 preferred the variegated thread to plain old top-stitching thread to coordinate with the jean idea. So the 3 of them took turns using 2 machines.
The machines were a bit more cantankerous this class. I’ve bought new belts for them and have asked Phil to open up the motors to see what he can clean, oil, or tweak in there. I really need 3 machines going for our next classes.
I helped the girls sew on the pockets as the corners were quite thick! On one pocket while going veryvery slowly, I broke a needle! Oh my! The shock to them that I had broken a needle. “She did it herself!!” “She broke the needle!!” It was quite funny!! One carried the pieces to the kitchen counter so later I could take them to the broken needle container.
I don’t have permission to post their photos but above these totes are 3 darling smiles! So cute! They had been parading around the room with them on their shoulders and I asked them for a photo. So fun!!
We did skip the flat-felled seam to finish the edges. It was time to be done and the girls were at the end of their limits. The totes are so big for them but they can carry a lot!
In hindsight, I think the project was more than they were ready to tackle but they are happy with their totes! 🙂 Next up is a few classes of working with a purchased pattern and making a skirt! I’ll keep you posted as I can.
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